Saturday, January 7, 2012

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia
January 7, 2012

Lisa had to work on a Saturday and both kids wanted to get out of the house to do "something". With both kids, it wasn't the time to push the limits with Kellisa, so I planned on heading to the swamp to enjoy the easy .75 mile boardwalk trail. The boardwalk takes visitors into the swamp for unique views and glimpses of wildlife in a natural setting. Since the boardwalk is flat, wide and has a curb on the edges, it's the perfect accessible swamp trail for a wheelchair.  


Egypt joined us on our first adventure of the new year:


Unfortunately, we found the boardwalk trail closed because the wildfires of 2011 burned the boardwalk and observation decks to the ground:


All that is left of the once beautiful boardwalk trail:


Fire damage:



Eerie light play over the swamp as the sun hides behind a cloud:


All was not lost. We enjoyed the .35 mile long Cane Pole Trail. It's paved like a sidewalk and follows the water's edge. Wheelchair assistance was needed because there are a few little elevation changes and nothing to keep the wheels on the concrete. An out of control wheelchair could end up in the water, so caution is advised.
  







Back at the visitor center, an old juke box was set-up to play "Swamp Songs". This was a highlight for both girls:



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